Inexpensive Ideas for Weddings

Inexpensive Flowers for Weddings

Trying to throw a wedding on the cheap can be difficult, especially if you want a lot of flowers. Choosing inexpensive flowers is one way to cut costs. The easiest way to do this is to always choose flowers that are in season. That way your florist won’t have to have them shipped from another country, so the cost is cut dramatically. There are also some flowers that are inexpensive all year long.

Carnations

No matter what month your wedding is scheduled for, the carnation is an inexpensive flower choice. Carnations produce medium-sized blooms with several layers of petals. They come in a variety of shades, so your florist should be able to match the flowers with your wedding colors. If you want to use a more expensive flower for your bouquets, consider pairing them with some carnations to create a larger bouquet that costs less money.

Baby’s Breath

Baby’s breath is a common flower that is used as filler in wedding bouquets, centerpieces, and other arrangements. This flower produces lots of small, white blooms on long stems. Use it in combination with another inexpensive wedding flower to create an attractive, but inexpensive, floral design. Baby’s breath is in season all year.

Chrysanthemums

Although they are most commonly seen in the fall, chrysanthemums are actually in season year-round. Most varieties produce blooms with lots of layers of petals, although the size and color depending on the variety you choose. Talk to your florist about color choices and whether you should go with a large or small chrysanthemum.

Stock

The stock plant produces small, colorful flowers that are often used as fillers in wedding bouquets and arrangements. The blooms look like small clusters of flowers on a single stem. Most have a yellow or green center. These flowers are available in many different colors, such as pink, yellow and white. They are also in season year-round.

Peruvian Lilies

While lilies are often expensive wedding flowers, you can trick everyone into thinking you have lilies if you use the Peruvian lily, which is also known as the alstroemeria. This flower produces lily-like flowers in white, pink, orange, purple and yellow shades, so it can suit many different wedding color schemes. These flowers are available and in season all year long.

How to make your own bouquet of flowers

Besides If you are trying to save money or simply want a more hands-on approach to your wedding, you can make your own bouquet of flowers, as well as the bouquets of your bridesmaids and any other guests of honor. These bouquets can be put together hours before the wedding to free the bride to prepare her hair and make-up and put on her dress. Practice in advance, with extra flowers, to become familiar with the flowers and the process.

Picking

  1. Pick your flowers from the place they are growing or pick them up from the local florist, the morning of the wedding.
  2. Place the flowers in a vase with water and put the vase in a cool location, out of the sun until you are ready to prepare the bouquets, at least a few hours before the wedding.
  3. Pull the flowers from the vase and blot them dry with a towel.
    Preparing
  4. Strip the flowers of any excess foliage, thorns or other roughage. If you want greenery in your bouquet, leave a few leaves on the top, near the blooms. Use the scissors to clip off any excess greenery, instead of pulling on the stems and potentially breaking them.
  5. Pull together the flowers stems together, bunching them together into a cylinder shape in your hand. This should create a round, half-spherical shape of the blooms. Pull the middle blooms higher and the side blooms lower, to create the rounded shape in the blooms.
  6. Add any additional greenery by setting leaves’ stems or other accessories against the side of the steam cylinder, pushing the leaves up under the half-sphere of the blooms.
  7. Tie together the bouquet with a rubber band or a piece of floral tape, near the base of the blooms and the top of the stems.
  8. Cut the bottom of the stems so they are uniform and even.
  9. Place the end of the ribbon over the top of the rubber band or tape, covering it. Secure it with a pin.
  10. Wrap the ribbon around the stems, tightly, moving down the stem and covering all the tape.
  11. Fold the ribbon over the bottom or just continue wrapping, moving back up the stems, once you reach the bottom.
  12. Cut the end of the ribbon and secure it with a pin, at the top of the stems.
  13. Leave the bouquet in a cool place, in the vase until the wedding. If the bottom of the stems is exposed, you can place a wet towel at the bottom of the vase to keep the stems moist. Be careful to wet only the exposed stems, not the ribbon.
  14. Dry the stems of any water or moisture before handing to the bride or other wedding party members.

How to Make Cheap Inexpensive Flowers for Weddings

You also could Make Cheap Wedding Centerpieces Using Jars. You can use everyday jars to make cheap wedding centerpieces that are unique and beautiful if you follow these simple steps.

Instructions How to Make Cheap Wedding Centerpieces Using Jars

  • First, start collecting your jars and tell your friends and family to do the same. Your cheap wedding centerpieces will be unique and memorable if you use a variety of sizes, shapes, and heights, so save everything from mayonnaise jars to baby food jars! Glass is preferable as it looks nicer than plastic.
  • Second, you’ll need to peel off the labels. Try a solution that’s half vinegar and half water, or purchase some product from your home improvement store – it’s usually very affordable. Spray it on the label, let it soak for several minutes, and then use a straight edge to peel off the glue.
  • Third, you want to wrap the neck of the jar with some wide and festive ribbon or trim. Try your fabric supply store for the best choices. You want your cheap wedding centerpieces to look as professional as possible, so use ribbon that’s wide enough to cover the entire neck. Also, make sure that the length of the ribbon flows to the table.
  • Fourth, you’ll need to fill the jars with chocolate kisses, colorful candies, or fresh flowers. Flowers are best to dress up cheap wedding centerpieces but they can be pricey, so consider using “filler” items such as baby’s breath, ferns, and other stems. If you use flowers, you should probably transport them to the reception area empty and then fill them with the water and flowers.
  • Fifth, practice grouping your jars before your wedding. Play with the different heights and sizes to see what looks better, and make sure that you coordinate your flowers and greens between the jars so everything looks pulled together.

Happy wedding day!

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